The Badatz Yerushalayim kosher supervision mark
The Jerusalem Post reports:
A Jewish invocation will be used by ultra Orthodox rabbis in Jerusalem to curse the organizers of the Gay Pride March and the police who protect them, said a spokesman for the Edah Haredit Monday.
In a ceremony known as "Pulsa D’nura" (blows of fire), rabbis of the anti-Zionist Edah Haredit rabbinic court will convene sometime before the march, which is scheduled for Friday, to conduct the kabbalistic ceremony which is believed to unleash unearthly powers against specified sinners.
According to Shmuel Poppenheim, a spokesman for the Edah Haredit, Rabbi Moshe Sternbach, head of the Edah Haredit’s rabbinic court proposed conducting the ceremony during a meeting of rabbinic judges Monday morning.
"All the rabbis were together at the rabbinic court to proceed over a chalitza (part of a levirate ceremony)," said Poppenheim. "After the chalitza, Rabbi Sternbach recommended doing the Pulsa D’nura."
Pulsa D’nura is mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud (Baba Metzia 47a) and in the Zohar.
"If done by a competent, God-fearing rabbinic court like the Edah Haredit, the people who are cursed do not live out the year," said a Jerusalem-based rabbi who preferred to remain anonymous.
The rabbi estimated that the curse was also directed at Attorney General Menachem Mazuz.
"The haredi community is infuriated with Mazuz," said the rabbi.
Mazuz ruled this week that there were no legal obstacles against going ahead with the march.
According to Poppenheim, it has been about 50 years since the Edah Haredit last used the Pulsa D’nura curse.
"It was against people who established Jerusalem’s first mixed-sex swimming pool." Poppenheim said that Gershon Agron, Jerusalem’s mayor at the time, was also cursed.
"He did not live out the year." Agron, who established The Palestine Post, the forerunner of The Jerusalem Post, died in November, 1959.…
The Post is wrong about pulsa d’nura – it was invented, largely out of whole cloth, by Neturei Karta. That being said, these rabbinic thugs need to be restrained. He is something we can all do. The Badatz Yerushalyim supervision is on many Israeli products, icluding Osem products, exported to America and Western Europe. From now on, refuse to buy any product with Badatz Yerushalyim supervision. Make sure to tell your supermarket manager why you will no longer buy these items, and ask him to get replacements without Badatz Yershalyim supervision. Also press your synagogues, schools and rabbinic groups to do the same. And, as always, refuse to donate to any haredi organization until you are sure it was not involved in this travesty.
The OU does many joint supervisions with Badatz Yerushalayim. Perhaps that should cease, as well.
[Hat tip: Dr. S.]